SMC’s defense came out on fire in the first half holding San Diego to just 19 points. San Diego’s leading scorer Johnny Dee was held to only two first half points. For the game, Dee was held to eight, off his season average of 15. A solid second half performance led the Gaels to an 81-48 third straight victory. This was the second consecutive game where St. Mary’s has held their opponent to under 50 points.
For the Gaels, Beau Levesque scored a season-high 20 points in 21 minutes. He shot 7-10 from the floor and 2-3 from three point land. Brad Waldow followed close behind Levesque with 15 points. Waldow went 7-8 from the floor. Waldow stated that, “our defense was really up tempo tonight”. Mitchell Young also hit double figures tonight with 10 points. Although Matthew Dellavedova only had nine points, he dished off a season high 11 assists.
One of the game highlights came when Paul McCoy stepped off the bench for his debut home game appearance after three years of injuries. McCoy scored a reverse lay up for his first points for the Gaels.
For overall game statistics the Gaels shot 29-53 (54.7%) from the floor. They were weak at the free throw line shooting 19-32 (59.4%).
San Diego shot 15-41 (36.6%) for the game. Johnny Dee and Chris Anderson, the Toreros leading scorers, were held to a total of 14 combined points.
The Toreros were outscored in the paint 50-20. They were additionally outscored 39-25 by the bench. San Diego never had the lead. The closest San Diego got to a lead was 6-4 with 14:37 in the first half. St. Mary’s went on 16-5 run to make the score 25-9. San Diego and St. Mary’s traded baskets as the Gaels took a 27-13 lead. This was followed by a 11-0 run that put the Gaels up 38-13 and San Diego was never back in the game.
San Diego suffered their second consecutive conference loss and drops to 4-2 in the WCC and 11-10 for the season.
Saint Mary’s jumps to 5-1 in WCC play and 16-4 overall. The Gaels return home on Saturday to host Pepperdine at 3 p.m. The game can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.